Rit vs. Clarkson
April 5, 2006
The Game Story:
ROCHESTER, NY Ė The #7 RIT menís lacrosse team improved to 9-1 in 2006 after upending the Clarkson University Knights 15-10 on a cold, snowy Wednesday afternoon at RIT Field.

RIT led 10-8 early in the fourth quarter before scoring five unanswered goals to put the game out of reach.

David Demuth (Jordan, NY/Jordan-Elbridge) set a career-high for the second time this year with six goals, while Dave Thering (Fairport, NY/Fairport) continued his stellar senior season with a goal, six assists and eight ground balls. Zach Bednarz (Webster, NY/Webster) was outstanding this afternoon, scoring four goals and adding nine ground balls

For the 10th consecutive game, RIT out-shot its opponent, holding a 50-28 edge in todayís contest. RIT also held a huge edge in ground balls, 66-34 and won 19-of-27 face-offs. Jacob Brunner (Lafayette, NY/Lafayette) was 15-for-20 on face-offs, while adding nine ground balls.

The Tigers jumped out to a quick 2-0 lead less than four minutes in on goals by David Demuth (Jordan, NY/Jordan-Elbridge) and Wes Adam (Lafayette, NY/Lafayette). After Clarkson cut the lead to 2-1 on a goal by Brian Hanlon, the Tigers came right back, as Bednarz picked up a loose ball in front of the Golden Knights net and tucked it away to put the Tigers up 3-1.

Hanlon and Bednarz traded goals in the final minute of the period, as the Tigers led 4-2 after the opening quarter.

Thering put RIT up 5-2 with 13:21 left in the second quarter. While he was cutting towards the net, Scott Farress (Webster, NY/Webster) fed him a nifty pass that Thering slid a low into the corner of the net.

Just 31 seconds later, Demuth took a feed from Farress tallying his second of the game, this time on the man-up situation to put RIT up 6-2.

Demuth scored his third goal of the half to put RIT up 7-3 with 6:07 left, converting a feed from Thering.
Farress got into the scoring act with 1:36 left in the half, as Joe Argese (Jordan, NY/Jordan-Elbridge) made a great pass to the side of the left crease to find the junior, who flipped it past the Clarkson goaltender for RITís eighth goal of the day.

RIT led 8-4 at halftime.

Clarkson came out firing in the third quarter, cutting the Tiger lead to 8-6 on consecutive goals by Greg Gibbons.

Demuth scored his fourth goal of the game with 6:04 left in the third, taking a feed from Thering on the man-up to give RIT a 9-6 cushion.

After Gibbons scored his second goal of the quarter to make it 9-7, Bednarz scored his third tally of the contest, while RIT was on the man-up giving the Tigers their three goal lead back entering the final quarter.

Gibbons got the Golden Knights to within 10-8 early in the fourth quarter, stuffing his fourth of the day past Foley. Fortunately for RIT, both the defense and offense would step up and put the game out of reach.

Bednarz made a spectacular individual effort, going around three Clarkson defenders and putting a deke on Wolery for his fourth of the contest and an 11-8 Tiger lead.

Thering and Demuth hooked up again with 10:18 left to give RIT its largest lead of the day. The goal was Demuthís fifth of the day, tying a career-high set earlier in the season.

Farress gave RIT a 12-8 lead with 11:26 left, taking a feed for Thering in front and ripping a behind the back shot past Wolery for his second goal of the afternoon.

Demuth ended the run with his sixth of the day with less than five minutes left.

The Golden Knights (2-6) scored two goals in the final 19 seconds to complete the scoring.

Gibbons finished with four goals. Bryan Johnson tallied three goals, while Brian Hanlon hit the back of the net twice. In net, Wolery made 16 saves.

John Foley (Guelph, ON/Our Lady of Lourdes) made eight saves to pick up the win. Brad Conlon (Ottawa, ON/Bridgeton Academy) added three saves in the final five minutes for the Tigers.

The Tigers are back in action on Saturday, as they travel to face cross-town rival St. John Fisher in an Empire 8 match-up at 1 p.m.